ATLANTA CCRC IMPLEMENTS MONTESSORI-BASED ACTIVITIES

From: Park Springs
Published: Sun Jun 25 2006


The caregivers at Cobblestone, the skilled nursing and assisted living component of Isakson-Barnhart’s award-winning Park Springs continuing care retirement community (CCRC) in Stone Mountain, have recently begun presenting Montessori-based activities to members in the memory care unit. Research shows that Montessori-based activities are a sound rehabilitation approach to the treatment of dementia, and the caregivers at Cobblestone are using the activities to help members reconnect with others.
“The Montessori-based activities we choose keep our members engaged with the world around them,” said Tammare Smith, Activities Director at Cobblestone. “The different activities are simple enough to keep them from getting frustrated, yet they stimulate the minds of people with dementia.”
According to research reported by Cameron J. Camp, Ph.D., in Montessori-Based Activities for Persons with Dementia, people with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias should be presented with tasks that help them in daily activities. While the activities may seem like child’s play, they provide stimulation, interaction and a sense of accomplishment. Individual activities are selected based on the caregivers’ knowledge of each member’s needs, interests, physical ability and mental capacity. At Cobblestone, Montessori-like tasks may include sequencing pictures to tell a story, sorting items by size or colors, or even simply moving items with a spoon. Activities and conversations center on a seasonal theme, such as Father’s Day or June weddings, and encourage members to reminisce while also keeping them aware of things going on outside of Cobblestone.
To extend the Montessori-based opportunities, Cobblestone has developed an ongoing relationship with Montessori of Snellville. Members visit the school once a month, and children occasionally visit Cobblestone for intergenerational interaction and activities. For example, about 30 children arrived for an Easter Egg hunt in the spring and later came to complete a craft project with members.
“We can see the effectiveness of the Montessori-based activities,” said Smith. “Our members are responding well. They have a variety of options to work on, so we can adjust what we offer them to how they’re doing on a particular day.”
Activities are presented on an individual basis and in group settings. Appropriate activities are also offered to members in Cobblestone’s assisted living area and to members who come in on respite care days.
An award-winning CCRC, Park Springs enhances life for active seniors by providing independent residences alongside extensive amenities and on-site wellness and private health care facilities. The 398-home campus-style community is situated on 54 acres surrounded by Stone Mountain Park. A 64-suite health center provides assisted living, skilled nursing and dementia/Alzheimer's care. The campus style community boasts a 50,000 square foot clubhouse serving meals in four themed dining rooms daily and a 12,000 square foot fitness center with an indoor swimming pool. Park Springs was named a Platinum winner for Best Large CCRC by the Seniors Housing Council of the National Association of Home Builders. Park Springs is developed by Isakson-Barnhart, award-winning developers of CCRCs including Peachtree Hills Place in Buckhead. For more information on Park Springs, call 770-879-5006, 800-267-7126 or visit www.parkspringscommunities.com.
Company: Park Springs
Contact Name: Renita R. Davis
Contact Email: renita@flammerpr.com
Contact Phone: 770-383-3360

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